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BIOTECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR CONSERVATIONAND USE OF PLANTS - A School Play for Senior Students

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    The Role of Biotechnology in Exploring and Protecting Agricultural Genetic Resources 2006
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    In this book, we are happy to bring together papers from the meeting in Turin (international workshop held from 5 to 7 March 2005 in Turin, Italy) and the background and summary documents from the subsequent e-mail conference. The book aims to provide an updated overview of the current status of the world's genetic resources for food and agriculture, of the use of biotechnology tools for characterizing and conserving these genetic resources, and of the many specific issues involved in applying them in developing countries. Section I contains four papers on the status of the world's livestock, fishery, crop and forest genetic resources. Section II considers the use of cryopreservation and reproductive technologies for conservation of animal and plant genetic resources. Section III is dedicated to the use of molecular markers for characterization and conservation of genetic resources. Finally, Section IV contains the two documents from the e-mail conference.
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    Student interactive session: Bringing fresh perspectives. Chapter Six of the Proceedings of the FAO International Symposium on the Role of Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition 2016
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    Chapter 6 contains the Report of outcomes from the student session. The session started with key messages from the five panelists. The students, in turn, presented their statements and posed a wide range of questions to the panelists. The student community wants to be part of the dialogue in the decision-making processes. Biotechnology has to be better integrated and linked with other topics and issues related to food and agriculture. Students emphasized that participation of farmers and inclu sion of smallholders in policy processes is essential to be able to transfer biotechnologies for their needs. The student community is both hopeful and concerned about the role of biotechnologies and the state of food and agriculture and its impact on small farmers. They are aware of the new technologies, the vast new potential and the rapid advances that are being made. But will it translate into a better future? Will it make the world better? These are the larger questions that merit our refle ction. The FAO international symposium on “The role of agricultural biotechnologies in sustainable food systems and nutrition” took place from 15 to 17 February 2016 at FAO headquarters, Rome. Over 400 people attended, including 230 delegates from 75 member countries and the European Union, as well as representatives of intergovernmental organizations, private sector entities, civil society organizations, academia/research organizations and producer organizations/cooperatives. The symposium encompassed the crop, livestock, forestry and fishery sectors and was organized around three main themes: i) climate change; ii) sustainable food systems and nutrition; and iii) people, policies, institutions and communities. The proceedings provide the main highlights of the symposium which covered a broad range of biotechnologies, from low-tech approaches such as those involving use of microbial fermentation processes, biofertilizers, biopesticides and artificial insemination, to high-tech ap proaches such as those involving advanced DNA-based methodologies and genetically modified organisms.

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    For more information, visit the webpage http://www.fao.org/about/meetings/agribiotechs-symposium/en/.
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    The right to food: A window on the world - Resource and Activity Guide 2007
    The “Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger” global initiative, FAO and WAGGGS, have joined forces to educate young people around the world about hunger and malnutrition and to motivate them to become actively involved in the fi ght against hunger. By providing practical tools such as the “Feeding Minds, Fighting Hunger” lessons, the “Youth Window” and the cartoon book and activity guide “The Right to Food: a Window on the World”, we prepare and encourage children and young people to work toge ther with us in the global fi ght against hunger and malnutrition. Young people have the imagination, the ideals and the energy to make the world a better place for themselves and for future generations. They have the right, and the responsibility, to speak up and take action. As their leaders and teachers, you can make a difference through informing, sharing knowledge, encouraging participation and showing young people that they have an important role to play in achieving a world free from hunger. If you believe, as we do, that hunger and malnutrition are unacceptable in a world that has the knowledge and resources to end this tragedy, join forces with us against hunger!

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